Gallery: Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Remarkable Life in Pictures

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A painting of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is photographed in the year of his retirement from public engagements set in The Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle with him depicted wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, Denmark's highest-ranking honour in 2017 in England. Photo: Ralph Heimans/Buckingham Palace/PA Wire via Getty Images

Just two months shy of his 100th birthday, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully at Windsor Castle on April 9.

Beloved husband of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest-serving consort in British history, Philip was the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg. Famously born on a dining room table at the family’s 19th century neoclassical villa on Corfu, Philip was only 18 months old when he and his family were forced into exile following a military coup.

Visit our gallery (above) for a look at the iconic moments in Prince Philip’s extraordinary life

 

 

It was after they eventually settled in Britain that he would, of course, meet his distant cousin and future wife, the young Princess Elizabeth, catching her eye when she was just 13 years old. As the royal love story goes, she was instantly smitten with the dashing prince and told her father, King George VI, that she could love no other man but him. The couple went on to marry on Nov. 20, 1947, when he was 26 and she was 21.

During Philip’s lifetime, which spanned nearly a century, he served during the Second World War on a Royal Navy battleship, becoming one of their youngest first lieutenants. In fact, he was stationed in Tokyo Bay as the Japanese surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945. As consort, he supported the Queen’s work in countless tours and engagements around the world and, over the course of his career, had been associated with nearly 1,000 charities. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a youth awards programme he founded in 1956, has since expanded to 144 nations, including Canada.

Despite his hectic roster of royal duties, he made time for his other passions, including sports, becoming a master of polo, carriage driving and sailing, among others. A long patron of the arts, he also enjoyed oil painting, creating many portraits and landscapes, some of which are held in the Royal Collection Trust.

A champion of the environment and conservation — long before it became fashionable — he helped to found the World Wide Fund for Nature in 1961.

The duke, who was known for his common touch, also played a key role helping to modernize the monarchy in keeping with a changing world following the Second World War, as well as serving as Her Majesty’s most outspoken and trusted advisor.

“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” Elizabeth said in a rare personal tribute to Philip in a speech marking their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.

“I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”

In addition to his royal service, Philip was a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In fact, at the time of his death, he had 10 great-grandchildren — with another on the way.

 

Visit our gallery (above) for a look at the iconic moments in Prince Philip’s extraordinary life

 

 

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